Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi, I'm Hywela Lyn (my real first two names) and I write Science Fiction and Fantasy romance.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I've been writing since I was a child. At school, I always managed to turn our essay assignments into stories. When I left school I sold several short stories to magazines, and wrote a Western romance which was never published. I was introduced to Science Fiction by a friend and was hooked. I reckoned Westerns and Science Fiction had a lot in common - brave men and women, exploring unknown territory and facing dangerous adversaries, with starships instead of horses.
Talking about horses, I've always loved these animals and saved up for five years for my first horse. I completed several long distance 'endurance' rides in the Welsh Mountains, and I loved it, although caring for and exercising the horses took up most of my spare time and apart from the odd short story, I didn't get back to writing seriously until I retired. I submitted Starquest to The Wild Rose Press just before I went into hospital for an operation, and after sending the usual three chapters, was asked for the full manuscript. The day I came home, I received an email from the editor with a Contract. I was so excited I could hardly speak!
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?I'm currently taking a little break from Science Fiction and writing a 'horsey' ghost story set in my native Wales. I do have another Science Fiction Romance on the 'back burner' though, a dystopian story tentatively entitled Autumn Vendetta.
What is the most challenging part of writing science fiction?
Getting the science right, without getting too technical, I try to have just enough to make the story seem plausible, without the plot being stifled with too much technology. It’s not always easy to invent gadgets which haven't already been thought up before. Things move at such a pace today that it's rightly said 'today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact!' Having said that, I love world building and imagining strange new planets, and find that the easiest part of writing Science Fiction.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?Usually I Google any of the scientific aspects I'm not sure of, and also read Astronomical and Scientific articles to get ideas, as well as checking out climatic conditions on my fictional planets. I try not to get to 'bogged down' in science, and my stories have more of a fantasy feel to them I think, rather than hard-core science. but I still like to be as accurate and logical as possible, including the climatic and geographical details. I did quite a lot of research on glaciers and icy regions for the planet Niflheim in Children Of The Mist for instance, and the origins of the planet were inspired by a scientific paper I read. In Beloved Enemy (which I was thrilled to have placed as a runner up in the RONEs as well as being short-listed in the UK RoNAs) I had to research the best way of escaping (alien) quick-sands.
I enjoy research, but the only drawback is that it can be addictive and it's very easy to get side-tracked.
What is your work or personal experience involving the elements of science fiction?
None I'm afraid - other than a lifelong love of the stars and the idea of space travel, and reading as much about the subject as possible.
What is your favorite genre and author?
Obviously my favourite genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy romance, but I also enjoy Western historical novels.
I have so many favourite authors but one of my favourites has to be Anne McCaffrey, whose series about the Dragons of Pern held me enthralled, as well as the Crystal Singer series and the very first one of hers I read, The Ship Who Sang, is one of the saddest, most SF romantic stories I've ever read. I wrote to her when I first started writing a novel and she very kindly replied and gave me this great piece of advice - "Write what you would like to read".
City, suburb, or small-town?
Small town - the smaller the better!
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Leather, lace, or silk
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Dogs (and horses) I like cats too :)
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Just to say thank you again Carissa, I'm so thrilled to be taking part in the Science Fiction Month! I hope everyone enjoyed the interview, and I'd just like to mention that if you prefer listening to your books, all three books in the Destiny Trilogy are available in audible format as well as paperback and eBook.
Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.
Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.
Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
More About Hywela
Hywela Lyn is a member of The Romance Novelists' Association (UK). She was born and spent most of her life in Rural Wales which inspired much of her writing, and writes futuristic and fantasy romance for the Wild Rose Press. A keen animal lover she has a 'rescue' terrier called Choccy and a slightly manic but loving mare called T'pau. When not writing or out with her horse and dog she enjoys reading and eating chocolate - often together!
Past LoveRRs blog post by Hywela Lyn:
October - Month of Mists, Falling Leaves and all Things Spooky by Hywela Lyn